Third win of the season for Pedrosa

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa claimed his third win of the season with victory in the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Pedrosa, who fell while leading at the Brickyard 12 months ago, started in fifth place on the grid but by lap four he was up to second place.

He then got ahead of home favourite Ben Spies on lap eight before gradually extending his lead, finishing the race a comfortable 3.575 seconds clear of Spies, who earned his best-ever finish.

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo back in third, his worst result of the season although he still leads the standings by 68 points from Pedrosa.

Indianapolis MotoGP result

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spn) Honda
2. Ben Spies (US) Yamaha
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spn)
4. Valentino Rossi (Ita)
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita)
6. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati
7. Marco Simoncelli (Ita) Honda
8. Alvaro Bautista (Spn) Suzuki
9. Aleix Espargaro (Spn) Ducati
10. Hector Barbera (Spn) Ducati

MotoGP rider standings (after 11 of 18 races)

1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 251 points
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spn) Honda 183
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 126
4. Casey Stoner (AUS/Ducati) 119
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yahama) 114.

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